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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

MU FB News & U Maine game football notes..from the Maine web site/believe MU notes will be up Wednesday on the MU web site

First a few MU notes.

..Maine will return the game at MU to open the 2008 season; Archives of the new weekly Hawks report on WMCX are available weekly on the MU web site....The Sept. 8 MU home opener vs. Robert Morris will mark the first game ever video streamed on the web from MU....

Maine Notes: more on the Maine web site.....

The University of Maine football team opens its 116th season of collegiate football on Saturday night when the Black Bears play host to Monmouth at 6 p.m. at Alfond Stadium.
Tickets still remain for the game and can be purchased by calling 581-BEAR or toll-free at (800) 756-TEAM.

This Week's Storylines.


..Five Things You Need To Know
**Maine opens its 116th season of playing college football and sports an all-time record of 464-440-38 (.513).
**The Black Bears are opening a season at home for the first time since the 2003 campaign, when they played host to Montana.
**Maine will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak in season openers. Maine's last season-opening victory came back in 2002 when the Black Bears defeated Central Connecticut, 52-3, in Portland.
**Maine is 61-49-5 in home openers, including posting 35 shutout victories. The Black Bears topped Shaw, 62-12, in last season's home opener.
**Maine and Monmouth are meeting for the first time. The Hawks will serve as the 87th different opponent Maine has faced in its history.



A Maine Win Would...
**Snap a four-game losing streak for the Black Bears in season openers.
**Run the Black Bears' winning streak to four games in home openers.
**Improve Maine's record to 62-49-5 all-time in season openers.
**Be the Black Bears' first victory in a season-opener at home in Orono since 2001 (34-10 victory over Colgate).

**Snap a current two-game losing streak dating back to the end of the 2006 season.
**Be Maine's third-straight victory over a team from the Northeast Conference.
**Be the Black Bears' first win over an NEC foe since Oct. 1, 2005, when they knocked off Albany, 31-7, in Portland.
**Be the Black Bears' seventh home win in their last eight games dating back to the 2005 season.



Scouting Monmouth

The Monmouth Hawks enter Saturday's season opener as the defending champions in the Northeast Conference. Monmouth went 10-2 overall last season and 6-1 in the NEC to capture the league crown. The Hawks advanced to the Gridiron Classic, where they fell 27-7 to San Diego. That contest was for the 2006 Sports Network Mid-Major FCS National Championship. Monmouth did win the TSN 2004 I-AA Mid-Major national title. The Hawks feature several all-conference performers on offense, as they recently placed five players on the 2007 Preseason All-Northeast Conference Offensive Team, including: RB David Sinisi (2006 NEC Rookie of the Year), WR Adam San Miguel, TE John Nalbone, OL Jonathan Dunn and OL Nick LoCastro. Sinisi and San Miguel led the team in rushing and receiving, respectively, in 2006. Sinisi rushed for 754 yards and led the team with 14 touchdowns. San Miguel hauled in 73 passes for 872 yards and six touchdowns. The offense will be led by quarterback Brett Burke, who was tabbed the starter during preseason camp. Burke saw limited action in 11 games last season, completing 6-of-10 passes for 56 yards. Monmouth's defense lost the services of nine starters from last season, but do return a pair of preseason all-conference performers this year, including defensive linemen Chris Reed and Kevin Walsh. Both players recorded 13 tackles each last season. Walsh made 4.5 tackles for loss, while Reed was in on 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.


New Starting Quarterback Under Center For Maine
For the first time since the 2003 season opener, Maine will have a new starting quarterback under center when Michael Brusko takes the first snap versus Monmouth. Brusko replaces Ron Whitcomb, who started the previous four seasons and is the school-record holder for career completions, touchdowns and attempts. The last Black Bear quarterback to start a game other than Whitcomb was Jon Meczywor versus Georgia Southern in the 2002 NCAA Quarterfinals.



18 "New Jersey" Black Bears
Eighteen (18) players on the Maine roster hail from the state of New Jersey. The number is the highest total for any state on the squad. The list includes: Steven Barker (Teaneck), Jonathan Calderon (Jersey City), Ryan Canary (Pt. Pleasant), Jamaal Forman (Vineland), Michael Geftic (North Caldwell), Mark Masterson (Williamstown), Patrick McCrossan (Sparta), Ryan McCrossan (Sparta), Jerron McMillian (Hillside), Ryan Nani (Lanoka Harbor), Reggie Paramoure (Hamilton), Christopher Parcells (Short Hills), Nabil Salim (Union City), Karon Robinson (Camden), Norman Smith (Jersey City), Wellington Talkpa (Hamilton), Lamir Whetstone (Trenton) and Landis Williams (Pemberton). Monmouth University is located in West Long Branch, N.J.



Similar Head Coaches
Both head coaches in Saturday's game -- Maine's Jack Cosgrove and Monmouth's Kevin Callahan -- began their head coaching careers in the 1993 season. Both enter their 15th seasons as head coaches on Saturday, and both have stayed the head coach at that same school for their entire career.


Maine vs. the Northeast Conference (NEC)
Maine is 8-2 all-time against current members of the Northeast Conference. The Black Bears are 7-1 against Central Connecticut State and 1-1 versus Albany. The last time Maine faced an NEC foe, the Black Bears pulled off a thorough 31-7 victory over Albany on Oct. 1, 2005, in Portland.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony,

Word has it that San Miguel suffered a cut requiring 14 stitches in his hand. Will this keep him out of the game?

6:42 PM, August 29, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I'll check into it..but as far as I know San Miguel is good to go....

10:55 PM, August 29, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last poster.. you have said nothing wrong - and I agree with you - but have decided not to run it....

You, and anyone, may always e-mail me at tonygsports@aol.com

6:15 PM, August 30, 2007  
Anonymous Hawkster said...

UT OH.. .censorship on the TG blog and it wasnt even about Dave Calloway

9:06 PM, August 30, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Now that's a first...isn't it????

9:12 PM, August 30, 2007  

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